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Wolaver's Oatmeal Stout - Otter Creek Brewing / Wolaver's

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Wolaver's Oatmeal StoutWolaver's Oatmeal Stout

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BA SCORE
89
very good

945 Ratings
THE BROS
96
world-class

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Ratings: 945
Reviews: 402
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 10.8%
Wants: 38
Gots: 92 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Otter Creek Brewing / Wolaver's
Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
Oatmeal Stout |  5.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Todd on 11-12-2003

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Ratings: 945 | Reviews: 402
Photo of dogfishandi
3.76/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

poured out of brown 12 oz bottle, bottled on 2/3/09 into my hefe buffalo bills glass. pours almost black with a some ruby colors when held up to the light. some creamy off white head that has decent retention. some nice sticky lacing. in the aroma, roasty malts, oatmeal, coffee, chocolate perhaps even a touch of vanilla. the taste is again roasty malts, some creaminess from the oats, a touch of coffee and chocolate in the finish. the mouthfeel is medium to light bodied. the carbonation is on the light side which is perfect. drinkability pretty good, a tasty stout, but a little on the light side. a little disappointed with the appearance and the mouthfeel. to me not very stout like. if it were a little more heavily bodied, it would be a great beer, right now its just good. i wouldnt go out of my way to get this again, but if i come across, id drink it again.

Photo of Magpie14
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: dark chestnut and walnut brown colors with soft rum colors at the base. The pour looked rather thin and light in color for a stout. Head was airy and foamy with good retention and light khaki in color. This was augmented by a good coverage of random splatters of lace

S: the nose does not disappoint as husky roasted grain flavors dominate the smell. Throw in some chocolate and java and you have a good thing going

T: let me start with the healthy dose of roasted flavors: oats, barley, and malts that leads to a savory soft charred taste on the back of the tongue . This charred taste has hints of a cup of cowboy coffee and a sweetness maintains throughout mostly of delicate dark chocolate undertones. Hops also make pleasant showing and keep things in tune with a shot of grassiness and lemons. Tasty stuff!

M: well, this category leaves much to be desired. Body very mild and thin for a stout. I like'em viscous and thick with these types of flavors. Far from creamy, that charred flavor hangs at the back solely attributed to the dark roasted flavor profile. However, as it warmed it began to feel a little more accommodating

D: not too much bad about this brew. Has plenty of the things I like in a good stout. Maybe a handful of oats would help move this guy along even better. I do like the hop presence and overall flavors...good beer

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.95/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Typical stout appearance. Fairly good head retention. Thin craggy rings are left about the glass.

S: Roasty nose with notes of coffee, chocolate, toast, dough, and caramel. Quite nice!

T: Full-flavored roastiness. Coffee, chickory, some dark malt acidity but OK. Chocolate. Burnt brownies. Very mild fruitiness of dark raisins, dry apple, and some vinous undertones. Leafy/grassy hops. Caramel. Crusty bread. Overall pretty full and rounded. Solid bitterness. Finishes dry and roasty with lingering mocha coffee and leafy/grassy hops.

M: Medium bodied, leaning towards medium-light. Standard carb level of about 2.4 volumes CO2/ltr.

D: A decent enough oatmeal stout.

Photo of washburnkid
4.62/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Firm, one finger of light tan head over a beer that is black-bodied but brown enough around the edges that is more reminiscent of a porter than a stout.
S: Sweet roasted coffee malts, sweet vanilla and maple syrup.
T: Balance of roasted coffee as promised by the aroma; flavorful maple/oat combo, rounded out by slight hoppiness.
M: Mouthfeel is more like a stout than the appearance; heavy body with light but appropriate carbonation; smooth riding down the throat and just the slightest sweet residue coating the mouth.
D: I'd have another, and maybe another. Very similar to a number of porters I've tried. This would make a great breakfast beer--maple-flavored oatmeal and a cup of coffee all in one bottle! I recommend this as one of the most flavorful organic brews I've had.

Photo of Cyberkedi
4.33/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark chocolaty brown with a fairly thick tan head. Aroma is strong, rich, malty, with an overtone of fine roast coffee. Lively, malty flavor has nutty and smoky hints and an undertone of fine coffee. Texture is smooth and tingly, a little thick, leaving a sassy finish.

Photo of jsanto
3.46/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

s - 12oz bottle, served in a little chimay glass.

a - it looks like a stout, dark brown, with a little light brown head.

s - i don't like the smell. it's like cocoa/coffee/molasses/alcohol.

t - it's organic, so it gives a little off the taste. harsh, but still flavorful enough to enjoy. the finish was bitter. the front was coffee.

m - dry and sour/bitter.

d- i liked it as a different stout that was not sweet.

Photo of joshsbeerblog
3.05/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

i'm going to have to disagree with the bros on this one... sweet roast and smell of carbonation come through first. bitter hops define this flavor in my opinion, with some coffee and molasses in back of taste. this really reminds me of a thin porter... not what you look for in an oatmeal stout. i really want to like these organic beers too, but this one didn't cut it for me.

Photo of clayrock81
3.7/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A black body w/ no light coming through (thick) with a tan head that leaves some lace and slowly dies. The sweet malt aroma is strong with this oatmeal stout and I don't really pick up any hops. Medium-bodied, a tad syrupy but very smooth thanks to the oat malts and the malts in the taste come on strong with some cocoa, toffee, hint of caramel and some roasted malts, although there is no dry/burnt taste, even in the backbite. Hops are almost an afterthought. Judging by other reviews I wonder if I got a good sample (flat beer/old keg/dirty tap?). The sweetness was there but the hops and dry malt sensation expected wasn't, leaving the beer a little lacking in my opinion.

Photo of vtbeerman
4.85/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Smooth and creamy. Perfect coffee, chocolate richness. Carbonation was perfect for style giving it a rich feel. Very dark, almost black, with reddish hues. Very subtle hop aroma and flavor. A perfect example of an Oatmeal Stout.

The perfect winter beer. I can drink these all night long. Fantastic in a growler from the brewery in Middlebury, VT.

Photo of Proteus93
3.62/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Reddish amber... suprisingly light for a stout. I can make out the Superbowl through it. It does have a nice two fingers of offwhite puffy head, though.

S: Smell is wonderful. Rich, roasted malts and unsweetened chocolate, and the oatmeal stands out. Lovely.

T: The flavours are quite similar to the aromas, but express themselves a little differently, if that makes any sense. An intense flavour of deep roasted malts and oat.

M + D: A little light... more slick than creamy, but with a flavour so big, it could be a little much if it were to be creamy. That said, it does seem to have a little trouble balancing the flavour and feel... I'd expect something would work out a little better. It has wonderful potential, and I love the aroma of it, but it's not quite for my palate.

Photo of oriolesfan4
4.13/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

My last go-to beer store just got this on so gave it the old college try.

For once I can say an oatmeal stout actually tastes like well... oats. I've had a few in the past which were just stouts but I had one sip of this and it tasted like a warm hearty breakfast. Nice and creamy with a nice sweetness to it, tons of lacing and a nice dark color to it. The best Ive had yet from Wolavers.. I don't really care about the whole organic part but as a beer, its well above average.

Photo of erosier
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

L: Pours a deep black color with a medium sized and medium bodied an colored head that laces the glass very nicely on the way down.
S: Smells of sweet and burnt malts, a sweet oatmeal flavor, and hints of chocolate and caramelized malts.
T: Very nice mix of malts, some burnt, some caramelized, some chocolate as well. Oats are a prevalent taste in the beginning and are a very nice finish to the beer.
M: Very nice, chewy, smooth, warming, right amount of carbonation.
D: Very drinkable, not too high in abv and the flavors blend very well. Also love the organic factor to it.

Photo of pandashaver
4.35/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a 1.5 finger light brown head with dark brown body that is opaque save for the reddish hue near the bottom edges of my pint glass - truly a beautiful stout! And the head retention is impressive, as well as some good lacing.

Smell is roasted and nutty. You can definitely also pick up the oats and a sweetness - yes it smells sweet and delicious before you even take the first taste.

Taste is pronounced malts that are sweet, but by no means too sweet. You also get some acidity, and a bit of sour if it swirl it around. A lot going on here.

Nice and full-bodied, not watery, and high carbonation. You can sip and enjoy this one as it warms and the flavor intensifies. The taste lingers, but does not smack your palate around, making you want more.

Very drinkable, but you have to be in the mood for a solid hearty stout. Tonight might just be one of those nights, and I think I'll have another.

Photo of reallyhoppie
4.17/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass. It's an opaque brown/black with a thick, almost white head.

Smells of roasted grains, sweet cream, and dark chocolate.

Tastes of a complex mix of dark malts, hop bitterness, a smallish amount of coffee, and I even get a little cream and dark fruits (maybe plum).

Very smooth with a robust mouthfeel.

A great beer. To be honest, I'm often wary of anything that is marketed as organic, but this was a wonderful stout. This is the type of beer that makes me love outmeal stouts and reminds me that something doesn't have to push the boundaries of what beer is to be complex and interesting.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.8/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

16 oz. - $5.25 at Taco Mac in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Dark brown, near black body. Fairly clear. Thin, bone white head.

Smell: Aroma smelling of roast, sweetish toffee, dull chocolate, and, yes, even some oats.

Taste: Roasty, dark malts with a mild toffee sweetness and minor hint of oats. Light earthy bitterness. A semisweet chocolate flavor develops more upon warming. Splash of cola. Dry, earthy finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: A decent, drinkable oatmeal stout. Plus, it's mostly organic. Doesn't that make you feel good? I know it does me!

Photo of TheMistler
3.92/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured dark brown, from a 12oz. bottle (no freshness date) into a pint glass. Pretty opaque. Soda-like head, just off-white. Displayed pretty good retention, and nice drapery lacing.

Coffee on the nose, lots of roasted notes. Milky sweetness in the background. Oats.

Grainy malt taste, oats. Dark chocolate. Aftertaste of coffee powder, pretty dry and somewhat bitter. Good balance between malt and hops.

Well carbonated, light in body, this is a crisp, flavorful, and quaffable beer.

Photo of argock
4.22/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz brown bottle into a clear pint glass. Purchased in 6-pack from Whole Foods (Charlottesville, VA) for $7.99.

A: Dark chestnut brown, opaque, with healthy 1.5-2 finger tan head with average retention and loads of lace.

S: Numerous nice notes of espresso, bittersweet chocolate, roasted black malts, and leafy hops

T: A great blend of chocolate, strong espresso, and roasted dark malt with a drier-than-expected leafy hops finish which is unique but not unwelcome for the style, and more reminiscent of a dry stout

M: A bit thinner and less chewy than an above-average oatmeal stout. Pleasant roasted malt and chocolate aftertaste which is long.

D: A very drinkable and solid oatmeal stout that is a good value

Photo of timeforabeer
3.76/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a dated 12oz bottle into a pint glass.
Poured black with a nice tan head. Rich stout flavor, not over powering, no hint of alochol. Smooth clean drink, not a heavy after taste as with some stouts.

Very enjoyable, so much so I had a second writing this review, my first review here at BA.

Photo of aaronh
2.34/5  rDev -41.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours rather thin a light colored for an oatmeal stout. Really thin head as well that quickly dissipates. Aroma of carmelized sugar and fresh biscuits. Flavor is strongly of charred marshmallows and pithy grapefruit rinds. A hint of sweetness dances in and out occasionally. Mouthfeel a bit thin and lacks the oily feel of many oatmeal stouts. Drinkability is ok, but the qualities it lacks keeps me from wanting another.

Photo of yesyouam
3.64/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This black beer lets a little red through when held to the light. It has a creamy, frothy tan head That fades and leaves excellent lacing. The aroma is chocolate and roasted grain. The hops provide a bit of spruce and herbs. It's nicely bittered (Hallertauer, Magnum and Cascade) to provide a zap of bitterness on the tongue, washed by semi-sweet dark chocolate. Spicy pine and herbs linger. Medium body with a soft, dry feel.
(rated Feb 6, 2007)

Photo of avalon07
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a black color and a somewhat thick texture. There was a huge, tan-colored, long-lasting, creamy head and good lacing.

S: Aroma of coffee, oatmeal and malts.

T: Tasted of roasted malt, coffee and oatmeal, thouth it's less pronounced than I expected. Fairly complex and flavorful for an organic beer.

M: A good amount of carbonation and a dry finish. Full-bodied.

D: Overall, this is a solidly made oatmeal stout. Not my favorite of the style, but tasty nonetheless.

Photo of Stinkypuss
4.17/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A. Served ontap at Bocktown in a pint glass. Brown body with an off white head that recedes to nothing.

S. Not too strong just some roasted malt and coffee aromas.

T. A wonderful roasted malt flavor and some oatmeal flavor/texture for sure making things smooth and a bit sweeter. Good depth of flavor, no prescence of off flavors and no trace of alcohal in the taste. Coffee, cocoa, roasted malt and oatmeal. Smokiness. Deliciousness.

M. Smooth silky, full bodied. Tasty.

D. This is a very nicely done oatmeal stout and one of my favorites from the style. Nice to have it fresh on tap. Reccommended.

Photo of largadeer
3.88/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle with a clearly printed "bottled on" date.

Appearance: Clear dark amber/brown, not the blackest stout around. Reddish highlights appear against the light. Two fingers of head rise in my trusty Sam Adams glass, which settle into a thin ring over the course of a few minutes. Going by appearance, I'd guess this was a brown ale.

Smell: Coffee with a few cubes of sugar. Somewhat sweet for the style, but pleasant enough. This stuff only hints at roasted barley, and there's an undercurrent of sweet lactose sugar.

Taste & mouthfeel: Sweet and rich, mildly roasted and toasted, almost hot chocolate-like. Hints of coffee toward the finish. A little bit of leafy hop appears in the background, but this is a decidedly malty brew. Pretty damn decent stuff really, and I'll give it some bonus points for being organic.

Photo of Douglas88
3.35/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle thanks to Mark. Pours a dark brown color with a medium light-brown head. The aroma is very nice; loads of coffee, rich burnt malts, and lots of nutty notes. The flavor was also very good; up front coffee and rich chocolates, some roasted malts and a dry sweet finish. The oats and roasted flavors, along with the nice ABV add a real heft to this beer. Very nice. The only critique I have is it is a bit too thin. But very nice overall.

Photo of bruachan
3.28/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

i'm pro-organic and i thought i would finally give an organic brew a chance

it looks good enough. some head to start but it dwindled

roasty aroma. some coffee and chicory. a little

mouthfeel isn't quite what i would expect from oatmeal--not quite smooth enough. kinda thin, actually. significant hop flavor, though

meh. i will drink all 6, but it's got some work to do

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Wolaver's Oatmeal Stout from Otter Creek Brewing / Wolaver's
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